Amish Girl Killed By Stray Bullet
December 21, 2011 by staff
Amish Girl Killed By Stray Bullet, The shooting death of a teenage Amish girl which police were labeling as a homicide turned out to be a ‘freak accident’ after a hunter fired his gun into the air a mile away.
Rachel Yoder, 15, from Ohio, was shot in the head on Thursday night when she was riding her horse and cart back from a Christmas party.
At first it was thought she died as a result of falling from her buggy after her brother found her in a pool of blood but when she got to the hospital they found a bullet lodged in her head.
Investigators now say an Amish man came forward after hearing of her death.
Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly told ABC News the man said he was preparing to clean his muzzle-loaded rifle after deer hunting and fired it into the air.
Sheriff Zimmerly said the bullet from his rifle ‘is consistent with’ the one that struck the girl riding in a buggy more than a mile away.
The investigation continues and no charges have been filed against the Amish hunter.
Authorities were able to determine where the 15-year-old was shot by following a trail of blood to an intersection in nearby Holmes County.
The horse instinctively galloped home after she was shot.
Amish use guns only for hunting wild game. Any other use is considered a sin.
Sheriff Zimmerly said the 15-year-old dropped off a friend at Holmes County before continuing home along County Road 229.
But at some point during that mile-long trip to the girl’s home, the teen was shot.
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